A healthy work environment is important to Virginia Tech. As a service to employees, the university makes it easy for employees to get flu vaccinations every year by holding clinics across campus, and at other Virginia Tech locations in Northern Virginia.
Salaried employees who are covered by state health insurance plans can register for a time at a Hokie Wellness clinic; please bring your insurance card with you to the clinic. Registration is preferred but walk-ins are welcome.
** Wage employees may also receive a free flu vaccine by showing their Hokie Passport.
Flu Clinic Schedule
- Nov. 6: Wallace Hall, First Floor Atrium
- Nov. 8: Squires Student Center, Room 219
- Nov. 13: Biocomplexity Institute, Conference Room Foyer
All clinics are from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Other ways to get the flu vaccine
Vaccinations are also available at most pharmacies across the state. Employees who choose to get a flu vaccination at a participating pharmacy are encouraged to call ahead to ensure that the pharmacy is participating in the Commonwealth of Virginia's flu vaccination program and that flu vaccinations are available. An appointment may be required. Flu vaccination claims must be processed by the pharmacy.
Visit this page from the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management to find participating providers, and questions and answers on each plan, including information on receiving flu vaccines from non-network providers or pharmacies.
Why get vaccinated for the flu?
Individuals who have not received a flu vaccination are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. The “seasonal flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most flu activity peaks in January or later. During this time, flu viruses are circulating in the population. Since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against the flu virus to develop in the body, it is best to be vaccinated before flu begins spreading in the community.
How to protect yourself
Vaccination is the best protection against contracting the flu. Everyone six months of age and older should get vaccinated against the flu each year.
Take these everyday steps to protect your health and your loved ones:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. You can also use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- Stay home if you are sick until at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100°F or 37.8°C) or signs of a fever (without the use of a fever-reducing medicine, such as Tylenol®).
- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
If you do contract the flu, talk to your doctor about antivirals. Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines that are used for the treatment of flu viruses and can make symptoms milder.